1. Witness says he saw a child wearing a Spider-Man suit in the back of a car the day William Tyrrell was taken.
The inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell has implored a mystery woman to come forward after a witness said he saw her driving away from the Kendall area with a small boy on the day the toddler vanished.
Giving evidence before the inquest into William’s disappearance, local resident Ronald Chapman says he saw a woman drive past his Laurel Street home in the NSW mid-north coast town on September 12, 2014, in a “fawn-coloured four-wheel drive” with a boy dressed in a Spider-Man suit in the back seat.
William was three years old and wearing a Spider-Man suit when he went missing from his foster grandmother’s home that same day.
“In the backseat was a young boy with his hands up on the window [facing] outwards on the glass of the window,” Chapman told the inquest, as reported by the ABC.
“He was standing and unrestrained. He wasn’t crying. He was wearing a Spider-Man suit.
“I definitely saw William. I am 100 per cent certain it was William in the back of the car… no doubt.”
Chapman, a retiree, described the driver he saw as a woman “in her late 20s or early 30s,” with blonde tied-up hair.
After Chapman gave evidence on Wednesday, the counsel assisting the coroner, Gerard Craddock, made a plea for additional information.
“If there is a lady out there who was driving a… car with a child in the car, we do want that person to come forward,” he said.
Craddock’s request brought the inquest to a close for 2019. It’s set to resume in March 2020.
Ten days ago, Detective Sergeant Laura Beacroft told the inquest she didn’t believe Chapman was making up the story.
Laurel Street sits between Benaroon Drive – where the foster grandmother’s home was – and the Pacific Highway on the eastern side of Kendall.
It links to Benaroon Drive via Batar Creek Road.
Det Sgt Beacroft said Chapman believed the car – and another he saw following it – may have been driving in convoy but could have just been heading in the same direction at the same time.
She said she wasn’t sure if he provided a description of the person driving the second car.
2. Transgender Victorians now able to change their sex on their birth certificate.
Transgender Victorians, including children, will now be able to choose the sex recorded on their birth certificate without undergoing reassignment surgery.https://t.co/nLka0Ocrq1
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